DIY (93) – Ice Cream Cone shaped Hanging Planters

Hi everyone!

Finally spring is here, we are ready for it, and what better way to usher it in than greeting it with waffle cone-shaped DIY hanging planters full of colorful flowers!

Let’s start!

DIY N. 93



1-4 bricks of Modeling clay – Galvanized fencing for waffle mold (or Hardware Cloth) – Aluminum foil baking sheet – Jute twine – Flowers

Before you get started, read the instructions on the package of modeling clay and set your oven to the recommended temperature. Allow the oven to heat to the exact temperature before baking your clay cones.

Slice the modeling clay into 1/4-inch thick pieces and knead on a nonporous surface until it is soft and pliable in your hands.

Roll the clay onto the nonporous surface. You don’t have to be too precise, just try not to roll the clay so thin that the wire will pass through to the other side when you imprint it with your Hardware Cloth.

Cut a large circle from your aluminum foil baking sheet and use it as a template to cut around the edges of the clay you’ve just rolled out.

Grab your wire cutters and cut off a piece of your Hardware Cloth that is just a bit larger than the surface area of your rolled clay area.

Lay the wire on top of your clay (be sure it reaches over all the edges of your circle) and roll over it with your rolling pin. Press hard enough to make a good imprint, but not too hard – you don’t want it to go too far into the clay surface.

Cut your circle into four quarters.

Cut your imprinted clay circle into quarters and place the aluminum sheets under each one, leaving at least a 1/4-inch overhang on the curved edge.

Roll the clay into cone shapes. You’ll have to bend the aluminum sheeting as you go, it shouldn’t be the exact shape as the clay, you just need it to step in and offer a bit of stability while the clay is baking. Be sure the clay doesn’t overlap the aluminum, you’ll need to be able to easily extract it after baking. Seal the cone by pressing your thumb along the seam (like you would the edges of a pie), be sure not to seal the tip of the cone to allow for drainage after you place a flower inside.

Cut out three holes at least 1/4-inch below the top rim of the cone. The holes should be just large enough for your twine to go through.

Place the cones upside down on a baking sheet, pop them in the oven and follow the instructions listed for baking temps/time. Sculpey recommends 275° F (130° C) for 15 minutes per 1/4 in (6mm) thickness.

Remove the cones from the oven and wrap them loosely with a towel as they cool to prevent cracking.

Thread your jute twine through the hole and tie it about 1/4″ above the rim of the cone. Depending on the thickness of your cone and depth of your imprint this can be a fragile process, so be careful – just in case!

Your cone shaped planters are ready to be filled with soil and your favourite flowers!


You can also draw the squares with a knife, being careful to stay on the surface.

Another idea, instead of the squares, can be to use lace for creating a texture.

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